Spring blooming flowers
Spring means blooming, means flowers, means colors and fragrances. Spring flowers are the perfect way to welcome the spring sunshine or to brighten up your desk, celebrate a special occasion or plan your perfect walk down the aisle.
Celebrate the best season of the year by adding some fresh color in your balcony, yard or garden with the following vibrant flowers.
The luxurious blooms of the peony are among the most magnificent in the garden, opening to the size of a grapefruit to display their beautiful petals. When the flowers are spent, the shrub-like foliage remains attractive throughout the summer and often turns burgundy tones in the fall. Once you plant peonies in your garden, you can enjoy them for a lifetime. It’s not unusual for these long-lived perennials to last many years with minimal care.
Use as an informal hedge along walkways and fences and because the foliage remains attractive throughout the summer, you can also use peonies as an accent plant in the perennial garden. They decorate the space splendidly and embellish our mood. Peonies are associated with romance and love and are the most popular flower of spring wedding and symbolizing the good fortune for a happy marriage.
Growing tips: Peonies grow best in full sun or part shade and need plenty of water. When planting the roots or divisions of peonies, don’t go deeper than 2 inches below the soil surface. Planting peonies too deep is the most common reason they fail to bloom.
Tulips are one of the most common flowers of spring and are as popular in floral arrangements and bouquets as they are in flower beds. Beautiful and simple! With over 3,000 different cultivars available, they come in virtually every color of the rainbow, including striated and multicolored varieties.
They can also be integrated throughout the perennial garden instead of being planted in mass.
Growing tips: tulip loves light and cool places. Don't plant tulips in the shade or they will grow weak and spindly with small flowers. Though tulips are perennials, not all of them will come back the following season. Some hybrids may need to be replanted annually.
Narcissus is the symbol of spring and happiness. With its bright and cheerful colors, it symbolizes the rebirth and the new beginning. The narcissus is associated with the end of the winter and is almost synonymous with spring.
Narcissus come in a wide range of different shapes and sizes and many even have a sweet scent.
Growing tips: It is one of the easiest and most dependable flowers to grow, making them a great choice for beginning gardeners and those who want a flower that will spread naturally throughout their garden.
Plant in masses in the perennial garden or let them naturalize in a woodland garden. They grow best in full sun or light shade. Once planted, narcissus requires very little care. The bulbs contain essentially all of the nutrition and therefore only need water, light and carbon dioxide (from air) to grow and produce a healthier plant the following year.
Hyacinths are one of the easiest spring bulbs to grow. Although hyacinth plants are small, they pack a big punch of both color and fragrance in their clusters of blooms. There are many varieties available in several colors, including purple, white, yellow and pink. Each flower color has a unique fragrance.
Hyacinths provide stunning spring displays of fragrant blooms both in the garden and containers.
Growing tips: Hyacinths prefer well-drained, moderately fertile soil, in full sun. Bulbs should be planted in early autumn for flowering in March and April. Plant them 10cm deep and a minimum of 7.5cm apart. Blooms should be removed as soon as they begin to brown, but the leaves should be allowed to die back naturally.
Iris is known as the flower of the Gods. The 3 petals of the iris symbolize faith, bravery and wisdom. There is a wide variety of color, ranging from white to almost black, in shades of lavender, purple, white and yellow.
The iris may be the only plant you need for the spring garden, since they come in an amazing range of colors, heights, and bloom times. Their petals give them an exotic orchid-like appearance and often display different colors. The shortest varieties begin to bloom as early as mid-March while the tall bearded iris will bloom from mid-May to June. Some varieties will even bloom again in the summer or fall. The attractive sword-like leaves will last all season, adding nice contrast to perennials with delicate, lacy foliage. Dwarf varieties are excellent for use in rock gardens and borders.
Growing tips: Full sun, at least half day. Some varieties will tolerate part shade
For the best results, plant iris in July through September while the plants are dormant. If your iris beds become overcrowded, you can divide each plant by lifting up the entire clump with a garden fork and separating the newer growth from the older center rhizome and replanting.
Anemones are unique because they are actually wildflowers. In Greek, the meaning of anemone is “windflower,” due to the fact that their petals are blown open by the wind. The most common type of anemone blooms only during the spring. Not only do they have a short bloom time, but as a cut flower, anemones only last two to three days. The Anemone plants are perennial herbs with an underground rootstock, and radical, more or less deeply cut leaves.
Growing tips: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. Cut right back to the ground in late autumn. They will shoot away again in spring.
A special bouquet of spring flowers is a great gift to give whether you’re celebrating a birthday or surprising a friend with no reason. Take a look at www.anthemionflowers.gr and choose bouquets or arrangements with spring flowers to get even more inspiration for the upcoming season. Enjoy the season!